MOSS IS GATHERING: Adam Moss has tapped Thomas Alberty to become New York Magazine’s next design director. Alberty, most recently the art director at GQ, will replace Chris Dixon, who left for Vanity Fair in September.

Alberty has been with GQ since 2004, and as art director since 2010. Alberty’s seven years working under GQ’s celebrated design director Fred Woodward should provide solid training for his big new job, where expectations for the design team are sky high. It’s widely known within the industry that Moss has an obsession with design and serves as a sort of shadow design director at every publication he’s run. New York Magazine won the design category at the National Magazine Awards in 2006 and 2007 and has been nominated every year since.

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Prior to GQ, Alberty worked at New York in 2004 — he departed shortly after Moss came onboard as editor — and at Travel + Leisure and Men’s Journal.

Moss plugged in another key hole at the magazine on Wednesday. He told staff that Salon’s Matt Zoller Seitz will replace Emily Nussbaum as the magazine’s TV critic (Nussbaum departed for The New Yorker in late October). Moss also named Christopher Anderson its first-ever photographer-in-residence. Anderson will shoot editorial photos exclusively for New York, and he is a member of Magnum Photos.

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